I had a dream last night where I was at a table in a public square prophesying over people. I had a lady approach me who was very angry. I recognized her as someone that I had given a prophetic word to regarding an “upgrade” coming into her life. I asked her what she was so angry about and she began pacing and screaming at me. She said,
“You prophesied that I would receive an upgrade and now my car is broken down and it’s going to be an expensive repair. I am not ever going to believe you or God again!”
My heart sank as she spoke these words because her trust in God only went as far as a circumstantial “bump in the road”.
In the dream I knew that the prophesy I had given her was a true word from her good, good Father! Not only did He have an upgraded vehicle for her but this gift would upgrade her faith and trust in Him as well. My heart sunk because she was positioning herself to miss this gift from God.
The enemy loves to throw circumstances at God’s people to distract them from having an undivided focus on the One their heart loves. Our Father knows all that the enemy is about to do even before he does it. Sometimes God stops him and other times He plans to use it for our upgrade.
The story of Joseph in the Book of Genesis has been being rehearsed in my spirit for months now. In Genesis 50 we see the fulfillment of the dream Joseph had as a young boy where his brothers bowed down before him. His response to this moment of fulfillment was this,
“But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.”
The journey to the fulfillment of dreams and prophetic words can often involve “bumps in the road”. These bumps can be means to our upgrade. The teach us faithfulness and humility so that when we are given authority we will walk in humility.
What if the very evil that the enemy (or a man) has carried out against you is actually the path to the fulfillment of the dream God has given you or the prophetic word that you have been holding onto?
I remember the day, many years ago, that I was facing a devastating “bump” in my life. I was sitting in my bathroom sobbing. I could barely breathe or bear the pain that I was experiencing. As I sat there in utter despair I felt something rise up in my spirit and I began to cry out the words,
“God, you never change! You are who you say you are in spite of my pain. You are good, You are true, You are faithful even when my soul cannot see it. If I die in this place of pain I will still declare that You are faithful.”
We will face pain and bumps that take us by surprise but HE NEVER CHANGES!! God will not fail you. He will prove Himself faithful. Your tears may be the water upon the seeds of destiny planted within your life.
“Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy. They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest.”
When your soul experiences despair allow your spirit to rise and exclaim the truth that carries your soul to the place of praise.
As I’ve been writing this the lyrics to the well known song “Good, Good Father” have been going through my mind that say,
“I’ve seen many searching for answers far and wide
But I know we’re all searching
For answers only you provide
‘Cause you know just what we need
Before we say a word
You’re a good good father
It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are
And I’m loved by you
It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am
Because you are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways to us.”
He is perfect in ALL of His ways. Your bump in the road is a part of your upgrade. Let the bump take you higher and then watch how the Lord takes what the enemy meant for evil to bring forth your “more than you can ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20).
Circumstances will always come but let God be the divine conductor that orchestrates an upgrade and blessing for every trial that you face. This is who our God is! We live in the midst of a great battle but Jesus has already defeated every enemy…even death!
“Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled: “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”
1 Corinthians 15:54-55
In both life and death we are assured victory. Jesus has secured it for us. The enemy merely seeks to steal from Jesus the affections of our hearts and the undivided focus of our gaze upon His love. He is a thief but God is the Restorer!
Your upgrade was sealed upon the cross. Lift up your heads! Why are you so downcast? Let your spirit rise and tell your soul the truth that will release praises once again.
“Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, The LORD mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O you gates! Lift up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, He is the King of glory. Selah”
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